EP 202: Ryan Schwabe – Using Clipping to Your Advantage

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Ryan Schwabe is a platinum-certified mixing and mastering engineer, a former professor of recording arts & music production at Drexel University’s Music Industry Program, and a former Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, as well as Co-Chair of the Producer and Engineer’s Wing. 

Currently, he is the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AES and the owner of Xcoustic Sound, a mixing and mastering post-production audio company. Ryan is also the owner and product designer for Schwabe Digital.

Ryan received his second Grammy nomination for “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical” for mixing and mastering the album, Adolescence by BAYNK in 2023. His first nomination was for mixing the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” Planets Mad by Baauer in 2021. 


  • Taking chances with your career
  • Choosing between your dreams or opportunities
  • Teaching yourself vs. having a mentor
  • Analyzing tracks on an album
  • Creating the arc of a record
  • What levels to master to
  • How Spotify determines the loudness of a record
  • When digital sounds better than analog
  • The real reason people pay you to work on their tracks
  • Using clippers in production and mastering
  • Clipping vs. limiting
  • How to use clipping to make your tracks louder
  • Different flavors of clipping
  • Hard clipping vs. soft clipping

To learn more about Ryan Schwabe, visit: https://www.ryanschwabe.com/ or https://www.schwabedigital.com

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